Infiniti Kills What Was Once Its Most Daring Model

Discontinued

Though it originally had a different name.

When it first launched, back in 2003, it was called the FX. Jump forward to today and, according to Automotive News, Infiniti has confirmed the QX70 midsize crossover will not return to the US market for 2018. What’s kind of weird about this decision is the fact that QX70 sales actually increased in the first half of this year. What’s more, Infiniti sold more units of the QX70 so far in 2017 than any of its other crossovers or SUVs, specifically the QX30, QX50, QX60, and QX80. So what’s Infiniti thinking? Where’s the logic here?

An Infiniti spokesman elaborated to Motor Trend, explaining that "Infiniti is preparing for new and updated crossovers and sport utility vehicles, including the all-new QX50 which we expect will become one of our best-selling products." This is sort of a risky move, considering the QX50, no matter how good it appears on paper or in theory, doesn't fill the QX70's shoes, but Infiniti has taken the chance nonetheless. Powered by a brilliant naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 with 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, the QX70 may have been somewhat outdated compared to the competition, but it clearly held its own. Infiniti added, "the QX70’s spirit will indeed live on in other iconic vehicles from Infiniti."

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The QX70, in many ways, proved that crossovers could be fun to drive and didn’t have to be basic people movers. But the fact of the matter here is that Infiniti killed off a sales success and opted to keep other crossovers (and one SUV) alive—one of which hasn't even gone on sale yet—that are not doing as well.

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